Thursday, 27 May 2010

Norwegian Parliament votes in favour of monarchy

Earlier today the Parliament of Norway voted down the proposal made by the Socialist Left Party to abolish the monarchy and replace it with an (unspecified form of) republic. Following a debate which was longer than last time Parliament dealt with this issue, the republic received the votes of 17 MPs from the Socialist Left Party and the Labour Party, while 125 MPs voted to retain the monarchy. The debate may be read in its entirety here (external link) and the relevant documents found here (external link).
Altogether four proposals for changing the Constitution have been dealt with by Parliament today, but the only one which was approved was correcting a handful of grammatical mistakes, while proposals allowing MPs to resign their seats and to lower the age of voting to 16 were rejected with the republic.

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